Ryan Gabrielson, Center for Investigative Reporting
Meg Kissinger, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Laura Sullivan , NPR
C. Thompson, ProPublica
As deputy executive producer for PBS’ flagship public affairs documentary series Frontline, Raney Aronson-Rath guides the editorial development and execution of the series, from primetime television broadcasts to multiplatform initiatives.
June Cross is an award-winning producer and writer with over thirty years of television news and documentary experience. She is currently in pre-production on a film about HIV in rural America, and researching a story in Pakistan. Her latest documentary, "The Old Man and the Storm," followed the travails of an extended New Orleans family for three years post-Katrina, aired on PBS' Frontline in early 2009. She was an executive producer for "This Far by Faith," a six-part PBS series on the African-American religious experience that broadcast in 2003. During her 35-year career, she completed eight documentaries PBS Frontline. CBS News, and PBS MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. Her reporting for the NewsHour on the U.S. invasion of Grenada won the 1983 Emmy for Outstanding Coverage of a Single Breaking News Story. "Secret Daughter," an autobiographical film that examined how race and color had affected her family, won an Emmy in 1997 and was honored that same year with a duPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. She is also the author of a memoir, Secret Daughter, published by Viking in 2006. Cross has covered the defense industry, the Middle East, and the intersection of poverty, politics, and race in the U.S. and in Haiti. She received her B.A. from Harvard, and was a fellow at Carnegie-Mellon University's School of Urban and Public Affairs and the W.E.B. DuBois Institute for Afro-American Studies at Harvard.
Ryan Gabrielson covers public safety for California Watch and the Center for Investigative Reporting. He was a 2009-2010 fellow at the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley. His reporting on an in-house police force at California's board-and-care institutions for the developmentally disabled exposed how officers routinely failed to do basic work on criminal cases, including suspicious deaths. Previously, he was a reporter at the East Valley Tribune in Mesa, Ariz. In 2009, he and Tribune colleague Paul Giblin won a Pulitzer Prize for stories that showed immigration enforcement by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office undermined investigations and emergency response. Gabrielson’s work has received numerous national and state honors, including a George Polk Award, an Online Journalism Award for investigative reporting, and a Sigma Delta Chi Award. A Phoenix native, he studied journalism at the University of Arizona and began his career at The Monitor in McAllen, Texas.
Meg Kissinger has been writing about mental illness for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for more than two decades. She won the 2012 Robert F. Kennedy National Journalism Award for her series "Imminent Danger" about the unintended consequences of a federal lawsuit aimed at expanding civil liberties for people committed to mental institutions. She and Susanne Rust were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting in 2008 for "Chemical Fallout," their series on the failures of the federal government to regulate the dangers of household chemicals. That series also won the Polk Award, the John B. Oakes Award, a certificate of merit from the Grantham Award and two Scripps-Howard National Journalism Awards. Kissinger is a graduate of DePauw University. She began her career at the Watertown (NY) Daily Times and covered legal issues for the Cincinnati Post. Kissinger is a fellow in public service journalism at Marquette University this year.
Laura Sullivan is a NPR News investigative correspondent whose work has cast a light on some of the country's most disadvantaged people. Sullivan is one of NPR's most decorated journalists, with three Peabody Awards and two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Batons. She joined NPR in 2004 as a correspondent on the National Desk. For six years she covered crime and punishment issues, with reports airing regularly on Morning Edition, All Things Considered and other NPR programs before joining NPR's investigations unit. Her unflinching series "Native Foster Care," which aired in three parts on All Things Considered in October 2011, examined how lack of knowledge about Native culture and traditions and federal financial funding all influence the decision to remove so many Native-American children from homes in South Dakota. Through more than 150 interviews with state and federal officials, tribal representatives and families from eight South Dakota tribes, plus a review of thousands of records, Sullivan and NPR producers pieced together a narrative of inequality in the foster care system across the state. In addition to her third Peabody, the series also won Sullivan her second Robert F. Kennedy Award. "Bonding for Profit" – a three-part investigative series that aired on Morning Edition and All Things Considered in 2010 – earned Sullivan her second duPont and Peabody, as well as awards from the Scripps Howard Foundation, Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, and the American Bar Association. Working with editor Steve Drummond, Sullivan's stories in this series revealed deep and costly flaws in one of the most common – and commonly misunderstood – elements of the U.S. criminal justice system.
A.C. Thompson is a staff reporter at ProPublica, an investigative news non-profit. His brand of forensic journalism helped lead to the exoneration of two San Francisco men wrongly convicted of murder; exposed the faulty evidence used to send a grandmother to prison; and prompted the U.S. Department of Justice to open a string of criminal cases against New Orleans police officers and file hate crimes charges against a white vigilante. In recent years Thompson has worked extensively in television, spearheading the reporting for PBS Frontline documentaries, and serving as a consultant for the HBO series Treme, which fictionalized his life story.